Robinson Cano can't get contract talk out of his head

Yankees' Robinson Cano stretches while warming up for Yankees' Robinson Cano stretches while warming up for practice. (Feb. 20, 2013) Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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TAMPA, Fla. - Robinson Cano didn't bite.

Asked early Friday morning about Brian Cashman's disclosure Thursday afternoon of a "significant" offer having been made to the second baseman, Cano declined to elaborate.

"I don't want to talk about this and I hope after today, I don't want to be a distraction to the team," Cano said. "I just want to focus on playing baseball."

Cano will make $15 million in the final year of his contract and is all but assured of hitting the free agent market after this season.

His agent, Scott Boras, has had conversations with the Yankees about an extension but nothing is close to being done.

Free-agents-to-be often, if a deal doesn't appear to be in the offing, will ask their agent to cut off talks so the topic isn't a day-to-day focus during the season.

"I'm going let Scott decide that," Cano said of taking that step. "I'm just going to go out there and just play. I have one more year on my contract and I have to perform and help the team win another championship."

Asked if the topic already had become a distraction, Cano responded with a simple: "Nope."

But asked if it was difficult to not let the talks get inside his head, his answer was more revealing.

"It's never going to go out of your head," Cano said. "That's all I can say."

The widespread belief in the industry is that Boras is looking to get an eight- to 10-year deal in the range of $20 million-plus per season for Cano. The Yankees' offer likely wasn't in that stratosphere.

More than a few voices in the Yankees' organization are wary of any commitment of more than six years for the 30-year-old Cano, who at 37 or 38 likely won't have nearly the range in the field that he does now.

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